In Puerto Rico, where we’ve teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs, more than 40 percent of the population falls below the federal poverty line, and natural disasters have exacerbated those challenges. In our first year, more than 300 students received new school supplies and services while also enjoying live music, tasty treats, and a robotics workshop.
“It was an activity which I consider one of great impact,” says Jose Santos Salinas, Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico in Las Margaritas. “It was one where joy, gratitude, and hope were seen and felt – where people showed their faces of joy because their children, grandchildren, and nephews and nieces could have the materials for their first day of school. It lifted the weight off how they would manage to get the materials. Sometimes we ask ourselves, ‘Why should we help, and what impact are these initiatives having?’ I can attest that this activity helped give our participants a day of hope in knowing that there are people willing to change the world. Seeing their faces of joy is the best reward, and when my participants tell me, ‘Look how nice my backpack is, and I have the materials for school!’, for me it is worth a lot. Thank you for giving my community and my children a day they will never forget.”